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Publisher's Summary

By all accounts, Abby Holden has it all. She's the mother of a beautiful teenager and the wife of a beloved high school football coach. And all it took to achieve her charmed life was her greatest act of betrayal.

Coach Ryan can coax his team to victory, but he can't seem to make his wife, Abby, happy. Her struggles with depression have marred their marriage and taken a toll on their daughter, Juliana. Although this isn't the life he's dreamed of, he's determined to heal the rifts in his family.

Chasing waterfalls and documenting their beauty has led photographer Lauren Sheppard all around the world. Now it has brought her back home to the mountains of North Carolina - back to the scene of her devastating heartbreak.

For the first time in seventeen years, a trio of once-inseparable friends find themselves confronting past loves, hurts, and the rapid rush of a current that still pulls them together....

©2016 Rochelle B. Weinstein (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Outstanding book (no spoilers review)

Would you consider the audio edition of Where We Fall to be better than the print version?

The characterizations are voiced to near perfection. I have not read the print version.

What other book might you compare Where We Fall to and why?

Somewhat similar to On Golden Pond, Terms of Endearment, Rebel Without a Cause, Ordinary People...... any good drama with human flaws and poignancy. The author has created a good story with compelling characters. It resonates with authenticity and is destined for accolades.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I love Kate Rudd's narration and that is one of the reasons I chose this title. The other narrators perform extremely well and support their characters such that you feel you can "know" them (the characters). To me a great read is one where you can lose yourself in both the story and the characters. This is one of those reads.

Who was the most memorable character of Where We Fall and why?

I'm not going to call out one specific character. I will say that those readers who are psychologically minded will immediately recognize some common diagnosis in several characters......;)

Any additional comments?

Again, this is an excellent read. The only parts I "didn't like" were because I didn't like the character: NOT because of poor writing, but because it was so WELL WRITTEN that I wanted to cringe.

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Morally wrong. Just so wrong....ugh

Ok I don't usually write reviews, just rate them all, but this book is just so morally wrong that I struggled the whole time. The reason I had to finish it was to see if someone woke in the end and it was all a dream! Ryan made out to be some big hero? Give me a break. Lauren? A little wench that came back to town to break up a family and marriage. Even so bad as to make fun of mental illness. Just so BAD

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Great read

Enjoyed the 4 voices of each character telling the story , personal triumph with dealing with deoression, what each person is going through because of it , also portraying love , gate and redemption from a long ago betrayal, great story ..

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So so

The mans southern accent was too drawling while others were just normal, not southern at all yet the premise was these three people grew up together in the south.

The author "cured" someone almost overnight. Not believable at all. It was like she got tired of writing so she just made it all better, really fast.

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This book was just OK for me. The narration was great but the story was a little predictable.

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Absolutely Atrocious

1. Pedestrian writing filled with clichés

2. Heavy on (bad) dialogue

3. No scene setting: In the first 3 hours “Charlotte” was mentioned so I figured it was North Carolina, but there was so little in the way of description, it could have been anywhere.

4. Unlikable (Abby) or rather uninteresting characters

5. Unrealistic. Just two examples: A. Lauren pines for 17 years, yes, 17 years for Ryan who marries Abby. Her devastation is so severe, she avoids her family home the entire 17 years. B. If Lauren and Ryan’s was the most amazing love in the world (many trite descriptions of their love), then what breaks them up is just stupid.

7. Narration: I usually like Kate Rudd but she was pretty bad (I assume she’s the one who voiced Abby). The rest were just ok.

8. Abby’s depression and treatment thereof. I feel like either the author based this loosely on her own depression or had no clue about depression and did a ton of research. Because it was blow-by-blow of being in therapy or what you see on TV. I’ve read a lot of books that were about depression (Try either of Jenny Lawson’s books or Andrew Solomon’s The Noonday Demon. Both are nonfiction. Lawson is hilarious while getting the point across and Solomon is (mainly) serious in helping those who don’t suffer from depression to understand it. And oh yeah, THEY CAN REALLY WRITE.) At any rate, it was like someone explaining everything that happened and what was said at the dentist’s office. Never has depression been so boring.

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Made Me Mad

I found myself being mad most of the time. How does the man that cheated on his girlfriend and betrayed his wife for 17 years end of being the victim. Both women should walk away. When does this guy ever see himself as the person who owes both of these women an apology. He’s such a supportive coach with all the answers, but he can’t see his part in the situation he’s in? And we won’t even mention the complete ignorance and disregard for the horrible effects of mental illness. The assistant coach is a complete butthole, and completely without compassion. The daughter is a typical teenager, completely self centered. I get the pain of growing up with the effects of a mentally ill parent, but she has compassion to everyone but her poor mother. If you’ve ever been cheated on, or betrayed, or dealt with any type of mental illness, this book is triggering, I’d pass it up.

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I enjoyed reading this book. It had it’s ups and downs. What I thought would happen, did. Abby gives Ryan permission to be with the love of his life, Lauren. I give the a rating of 4.

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good book

very good book. light read that you will make time to enjoy and finish. strong ending.

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Heartbreaking

very good story great characters awesome narrators but very heartbreaking sometimes doing what is right is the hardest and saddest thing to go through

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